The artist James Wong Cheng Pou will be representing Macau at the 57th Venice Art Biennale, which will be held next year in Italy between May 13 and November 26.
According to a press release by the Macao Museum of Art (MAM), the artist was invited after being selected unanimously by a five-member jury among approximately 40 local artists. The jury was composed by the Director of the School of Arts of the Macao Polytechnic Institute, Hsu Hsiu-Chu, Macau artist Wong Ho Sang, the director of MAM, Chan Hou Seng, the art consultant of MAM António Conceição Júnior, and the curator of MAM Ng Fong Chao.
Wong Cheng Pou’s exhibition at the Biennale is titled Path: Announced Soon. The artist “will create an ambience where time and space are interwoven by using three-dimensional modeling, installations, paintings and mobile images, to express his personal experience about Macao’s rapid development in recent years, and provoke memories of going back to the countryside,” according to MAM.
Wong Cheng Pou was awarded the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and was recognised as one of the top 30 Asian artists. Born in 1960 in Macau, he has been involved in the development of modern art education in Macau and has been dedicated to education in printmaking since the 1990, according to the press release.
Wong Cheng Pou was invited as Honorary Research Assistant of the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London, and is currently President of the Printmaking Research Centre of Macau and Chief Curator of the Macau Printmaking Triennial. In the past, he was the Chief of the Division of Arts Research and Museology of Leal Senado and the Head of the Printmaking Department of the Academy of Visual Arts (known as the School of Arts of the Macao Polytechnic Institute now) and Coordinator of the Ethnography Exhibition in Luis de Camões Museum.
His works have been exhibited in Macau, Mainland China, Japan and the United Kingdom, among others. Some are part of collections of several institutions around the world, MAM says.
The first time Macau was invited to take part at the Venice Art Biennale was in 2007. The selection of artists who would exhibit their work in the Macao Pavilion at the Biennale started as a competition. Since 2013 the selection has been made by invitation. Mio Pang Fei was the last artist to represent Macau at the Biennale, in 2015.